Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
About two weeks ago in my Senior Captsone class we had to read a few articles about El Sistema and ended up watching a video in class. I had never heard of this organization before and became fascinated with this. El Sistema was created by the economist and trained musician José Antonio Abreu. His mission was to provide children with opportunities in music from an extremely young age. This provides the kids in Venezuela a different option of life. This article, written by the New York Times, gives a brief overview about the mission of the organization.
Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most famous products to have come from El Sistema. He is currently the conductor of Los Angeles Philharmonic and is asked to be guest conductors at other symphonies.
This idea of providing children with an alternative way of life, even if they don’t become professional musicians but they develop their skills, could this system work in the US? Why or why not?